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Helia is the grandson of Saladin (nephew in the 4Kids and Cinélume versions) and boyfriend of Flora. He is an art student as well as an excellent pilot. He also considers himself to be a pacifist like Flora, despite his great amount of strength.

Appearance

Helia's appearance is different than the other Specialists, namely because of his waist-length black hair and blue eyes. Like the other Specialists, with the exception of Timmy, Helia has a well-built body that consists of strong arms and a very muscular torso, as shown in "The Red Tower" in a scene that showed him getting done showering. Helia also seems to prefer looser clothing.

In Season 4, he cuts his hair into short and spiky fringes, but it remains longer than the other Specialists.

Later in Season 8, Helia's hair becomes even shorter where it is now neck-length.

Civilian

  • In Season 2 and in a few episodes of Season 3 and Season 4, he tied his hair in a loose side ponytail on the left with bangs swept on the right side and he wore a light green poet's shirt with beige khakis.
  • In Season 4 - 7, he wears a light blue shirt, khaki pants, and sneakers.
  • In Season 8, he sports a white shirt with a black vest, with a pair of khaki pants (a callback to his first civilian look) with a mahogany-brown belt with a gold buckle. He also wears a pair of brownish-gold shoes with black laces, as well as a blue gem necklace held with a black string. He finishes the look with a black fedora hat, matching his vest.

Uniforms

Helia's uniforms are skin tight with a cape. His cape clasps/gem is orange. Red Fountain sports a new uniform in Season 8 and the capes are omitted.

Personality

Out of all the Specialists, Helia is the most mature guy. Once being described by Brandon as being a pacifist, he loves writing poems, drawing, and romance. He is calm, lack a temper, encouraging and never jealous. He is very artistic and he is not afraid of making important decisions and doing what is right, even if his friends disagree with him. He is very daring at times, such as the time he kissed Flora in Darkar's Realm. Helia is also not afraid to voice his thoughts, as shown in Season 3 when he berated Riven for his behavior and if he continues he will lose Musa, and in Season 4, when he acts as a medium, like Nabu, between Sky and Bloom, or Musa and Riven. Another example, was when Diana allowed nature to terrorize the citizens of Gardenia as punishment for destroying nature, Helia tries in vain to explain that not all humans disrespect nature and that destruction is not the answer. Helia is a deep thinker, shown when he explained that often, the true context of "nothing" means a lot. 

Like Flora (and Timmy, although to a lesser extent), Helia is also rather shy, which can be seen when he had just as much trouble expressing his feelings for Flora as she did.

He also has a lot of faith and belief in Flora, persuading her to trust herself such as when she tried to heal the Flower of Life, and when she tried to free herself from the roots cast by Diana. He also openly expresses his strong belief in her for example when she wrapped Anagan up in vines he stated proudly, "Flora's magic is really strong, he's not getting out of that anytime soon."

Like Nabu, Helia is very open-minded and understanding, and therefore, he does not jump to conclusions. This can be seen when Riven got jealous of Musa getting attention from Andy and his band, when in fact their love for music installed a great bond between them, which is only natural.

Skills

Helia using his gloves to restrain and electrocute a monster.

Helia has a certain amount of strength as evidenced by the time he was able to single handily hold off a Leodragerus with his string glove on one hand. Further evidence is shown when he struggles to pull Sky's damaged fighter craft Red Wing into the hanger of the flying ship without being held down to anything.

In the "The Shaab Stone" arc in the monthly magazines, Helia is shown as a proficient double agent, capable of investigating real fights to fake an alibi, faking an expulsion from Red Fountain and lying to everyone, even Flora, to break into Alfea's administration to steal documents to trick a crime boss into opening the vault holding the Shaab Stone, from which he can steal. He lies with a heavy heart though and reveals all the deceptions, hoping that he can start anew with Flora. He is skilled in martial arts and espionage.

Helia uses his new weapon to flick an enemy away.

Helia is never shown riding a levi-bike until Season 5. Some would say that he is shy, but that is only due to his lack of major speaking parts or involvement to the plot in Season 2 and Season 3.

Due to his pacifistic nature, Helia's style of fighting utitilizes restraint and disarming/stunning (his gloves has an electric circuit) his opponents. He rarely uses direct physical combat.

In Season 8, he will be utilizing another new weapon - a rope weapon with a handle. He utilizes this with great ease and grace. The rope is used to flick away opponents, strangle, and restrain them.

Etymology

  • The name Helia means "The Sun" in Greek.
    • Helia is also the name of one of the Heliades, the daughters of the Greek Sun God, Helios.
      • It should also be noted that the name Helia (Ηλία) is a feminine name in Greek; its masculine Greek form would be Helios (Ἥλιος), who is the "God of the Sun" and has the same meaning (Sun). Its masculine forms in Spanish and in Portuguese would respectively be "Helios" and "Hélio," which are used as Helia's name in one of the Latin American dubs where the use of Roman Languages is dominant and the feminine/masculine role plays a large part in language.
    • Helia is also the only Specialist with an originally feminine name.
      • This could hint at the possibility of Helia originally being planned to be a girl (referring also to his long blue hair), but it was probably changed to a boy so Flora could have a boyfriend.
    • Helia's somewhat feminine appearance could also be a nod to bishōnen: a character trope that is typically found in a anime where young men with softer and somewhat feminine or androgynous features that are presented as more attractive.

Trivia

  • Helia's laser cable gauntlets are similar to the weapon used by the character Walter C. Dornez from the series Hellsing.
  • It is strongly suggested that Helia originated from Linphea.
  • Helia shares a few similarities with Prince Sky, fellow Specialist and leader of his squad.
  • In Season 2, Brandon mentions that Helia is a pacifist, which is a person who, in principle, rejects war. Though Helia returns to Red Fountain, a military school, that same year, he never hurts his opponents, always opting to keep them restricted with strings.
    • The only time Helia goes against this belief of his is in "The Curse of Fearwood," where he actively fights off the hoard of werewolves until they flee, and almost flies into a physical altercation with Riven thanks to his heart having been frozen by Icy as the Snow Queen.
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